A Cross-Shaped Gospel: Reconciling Heaven and Earth - eBook  -     By: Bryan Loritts
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Publication Date: 2011
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WARNING! This book could make your life messy!

Today’s church is continually being confronted with the question, "What is the gospel?" Many churches answer this through strong exposition of biblical truth. Others answer with a focus on community engagement. But doesn’t Christ call us to do both?

The covenant of salvation demands a radical re-patterning of relationships. Bryan Lorrits, a pastor in the heart of one of America’s historically racially divided urban centers, seizes the opportunity to engage God, the church, and culture in ways that may challenge your beliefs, practices, and relationships.

A Cross-Shaped Gospel clearly articulates the vertical dimension of the Christian faith, as well as looking at the horizontal implications of salvation for growth, service, and community. It provokes readers to think about the implications of living out their faith. What does the gospel mean for issues of:

  • Political engagement?
  • Class distinctions?
  • Race Relations?

It is only by reaching upward that we can reach outward in power and with the proper motives, so let A Cross- Shaped Gospel help you in crafting and communicating a biblical philosophy of engaging God and others well!

Author Bio

BRYAN LORITTS is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multi-ethnic church ministering to the urban Memphis community. Bryan has a Master¿s Degree in Theology and is currently working on his PhD. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan¿s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of God on Paper and A Cross Shaped Gospel. He was also a contributing author for the book entitled Great Preaching. Bryan was recently voted as one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders in the country by Outreach magazine. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Biola University. Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. You can follow Bryan on twitter @bcloritts.

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    Chris Land
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    There have been a lot of books coming out recently answering the question, "What is the Gospel?" It is a question worth meditating and study because in the 21st century church, Christians are confused by the Gospel. Some think is all about them and their relationship with Jesus while other think it is all about making the world more Christian by Christianizing society. Some Christians feel with the gospel, God is more concerned about their own personal growth than they do about other Christians and also the evangelizing of non-Christians

    Bryan Loritts' book, A Cross-shaped Gospel, addresses the Gospel in a two-part harmony. The first part as horizontal which means that Christians are called to love God. Loritts said, "To love God is to love His truth, His Word. When we love God and His Word, this becomes the standard by which we are able to navigate how to love our neighbors." The vertical aspect of the two-part harmony of the Gospel is loving our neighbor where loving God also means loving others.

    Loritts other chapters talk about how the Gospel helps us accept one another despite if we are republican or democrat, which in an election year can get nasty. Also accept one another passed our ethnicity and how living our the Gospel brings glory to God. There were a lot of good points in this book about the Gospel, but I felt this book would not be the go-to book on the Gospel. It was a good book, but not one that every Christian should pick up off the shelves because it is the next great Gospel book.
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